Philadelphia is always sunny stars and writers, Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day reveal the backstory of Charlie Kelly’s infamous character, “The Nightman”. The Gang reveals the true (and hilarious) story of “The Nightman”.
Charlie Day Reveals Original Lyrics For ‘Nightman’ Song
In episode 30, “Sweet Dee is dating a [Redacted] Person’ from The Always Sunny Podcast, Charlie tells how “The Nightman” was born. Watch the video below:
Charlie said, “I remember, so Rob Rosell and Scott Marder wrote that episode. And they came up with these lyrics for the song. And it was: ‘Dayman fighter of the Nightman, champion of the sun, master of karate and friendship for all.’
Charlie revealed that they had a Casio keyboard in their office, where they wrote episodes for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. He revealed, “And I started to sing the melody and [Glenn] started singing the ‘ah-ahs’, and then that was it.
Rob McElhenny Gives Origins of Charlie’s ‘The Nightman’ Character
The creator of Philadelphia is always sunnyRob said that Charlie “being Bob Dylan and singing those lyrics” was completely made up on the spot.
Rob, who also plays Mac on the FX show, said: “The very idea of ’The Nightman’ sneaking into your house, coming inside you and becoming ‘The Nightman.’ the era, but just the concept of what’s going on.
Rob continues, “It wasn’t done in the writers room. It happened live. There was a camera pointed at you. And you were just riffing. Not only was it really funny and amazing to find at a time like this, but we took the lore you created in that song and turned it into a whole musical.
“It was so funny in the way you’re flowing and rhyming throughout. There’s no way you thought about it before you got on stage,” Rob says.
The song “The Nightman” evolves into musical “The Nightman Cometh”
In the latest episode of Philadelphia is always sunny Season 4, the song “The Nightman” effortlessly transitions into the musical “The Nightman Cometh.” Charlie’s character, Charlie Kelly, writes, directs, and stars in the musical with the goal of proposing to the waitress.
In the musical, Dennis plays the little boy at the start of the play, who has his innocence stolen by the Nightman. After that, Dennis transforms into Dayman and successfully battles the Nightman. At the end of the hilarious episode, Charlie takes the stage to propose to the waitress.
The song and musical Nightman was based on Charlie’s character’s childhood. Throughout the seasons, it is heavily implied that Charlie was molested by his uncle, Jack Kelly. In fact, in the fourth episode of season 13, “Time’s Up for the Gang”, Mac outright calls out Charlie for writing a musical about being mugged by his uncle.
Charlie definitely brought the character of Nightman to life – both as himself and as a character in The weather is always nice in Philadelphia.
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